Information for Admitted & Current Students

New Graduate Student Orientation

New students are expected to attend a new graduate student orientation session, usually on the Wednesday of the week before the Fall semester begins in August. Students will receive information about the program and department and university resources and required lab/field safety training. Incoming TAs must also attend mandatory meetings of BIOL500C (Professional Aspects of Biology: Teaching Effectiveness), which is usually held on Thursday and Friday of the week before classes begin.

Graduate Student Handbook

The Biology Graduate Student Handbook, available herePDF File Opens in new window , contains essential information for new and returning M.S. students, as well as guidelines, procedures and advice for completing the Study Plan, forming and meeting with one's thesis committee, and completing thesis requirements.

Biology Graduate Student Club (BGSC)

BGSC provides Biology graduate students with opportunities for social activities with other students and the faculty and staff. It serves as a venue for students to help each other with their research, including practicing conference presentations, and to work together on volunteer activities in the community. BGSC members also have the opportunity to be involved with inviting and hosting seminar speakers. Graduate students seeking funding from the Associated Students Incorporated-CSUF for travel to scientific meetings must also be members of BGSC. For more information about BGSC activities, contact one of the officers by email at